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Desert Winds Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 398 students

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Posted April 17, 2014

Desert Winds is by far the greatest school ever!The teachers are wonderful,they truly care about all the students.My kids are so happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

Desert Winds is a great school. The teachers are wonderful! The preschool program and Kindergarten are great. My kids are very happy here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2013

This school has incredible teachers that really listen and take time for all children and their parents! DW is an A+ School of Excellence! They also have free before and after school academic based child care! A great family environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2013

This school is a hidden treasure. The school is rated an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Education Foundation, there is free before and after school programs, a full piano lab and lots of technology throughout the campus. Every classroom has a smart board. The teachers and staff are great, they have been an amazing support for my family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2013

Desert Winds has been a great school for my family. A few years ago my nephew came to live with us and was having difficulty in school. He was a 3rd grader reading at a kindergarten level. The teachers and staff at Desert Winds brought my nephew to grade level reading within the first 3 months that he was there. The staff is amazing and the teacher are very involved. I now have a 2nd grader there and I could not choose a better school for her education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2012

Nice teachers, nice school. Very friendly staff and teachers, the kids seem to be happy and communication is good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

I have been to this school for two years and the teachers are really involved. you can talk to any teacher about troubles with anything, they are truly there for student. I learned things here that we haven't covered in even high school yet.


Posted April 3, 2008

The principle, teachers, and staff are all wonderful and caring and provide what's needed for all children to enhance each child's development in order to help each child become a successful learner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2006

My sons have been going to this school for six years now. I have had a wonderful experience with dedicated teachers that were always willing to work closely with me to help them excel and overcome any obstacles. The curriculum is adequate to meet the needs of all the students in the class. Parent involvement is very high. The teachers were always appreciative of the time I volunteered in my sons' classes. The office/nursing staff was friendly and competent. The drop off/pick up situation is not very organized or supervised and many times event notices were given with very little notice. There are after school activities available as well as on-site child care for working parents. My overall experience with this school was great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

I'm not impressed by this school. The communication from teachers/principal to us horrible. Also, teachers do play up to their favorites. There is way too much bullying on the playground, my 1st grade son complains just about everyday about older kids picking on him and his friends and there is not enough adult supervision for them to go for help. This problem is only getting worse. Also, this school has the worst system for picking up and dropping off kids. Be prepared to make picking up kids at least a half hour ordeal. What extracurricular activites? I'm currently looking to enroll my child at a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2005

Teachers are great at this school and they comunicate well with parents about how the kids are doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2005

MY children have been going to Desert Winds since the started school. My oldest is 11 and my toungest 7. I am very pleased with the friendlynous of the school staff and the teacher involvment. Desert Winds makes extracurricular activities easy for everybody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2005

Very little notice for activities. Communication could be better. Staff is nice enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2005

My children went to this school for kindergarten through 4th grade and enjoyed every moment. The staff was very helpful and great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2004

I have three children who attend this school, the oldest for 2nd-5th grade. My two youngest have only been there for K and 1st grade. I am not at all impressed by the teachers or the principal of this school. K and 1st grade teachers show alot of favortisim. They are more concerned about money and fundrasiers then about giving the kids a good education. We will be pulling out all of our children this year to send them to a charter school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2004

This is one of the worst schools in the area. Teachers don't care and pick favorites. Leadership is lacking. Kids run the playground and bullying is a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2004

Principal not available nearly as much as needed. Classes are way overcrowded. Noisy kids make learning impossible for the ones that want to learn. Teachers are disciplined for trying to do the Principal's Job. We recently moved here from another School District. I am a Mom and I and extremely displeased with our new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2003

I went to this school from k-6. I love it all, the teachers were great and I loved the principal. and I miss it Mrs keller and Mr marquez are the best


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
55%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
44%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
56%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 42%
Hispanic 34% 43%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • A+ School of Excellence (2011)
  • Superintendents Program Award for Excellence in Reading (2010)
  • Habitat Based Literacy and Math Centers (2009)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Kathy McNeill
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (623) 445-3980

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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  • Desert Winds focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. All classrooms are equipped with a smartboard, document camera, sound system, and student computers. All teachers are highly qualified, including Math Specialists and Reading Specialists.
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How to apply

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No

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Deer Valley Middle School
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19825 N. 15th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027
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